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The Rules of Softball – EXPLAINED!

Ninh Explains the Rules of Softball
The object of the game is for your team to score more runs than the opposing team. Softball is a variation of the game of Baseball,
and the rules are very similar with some significant differences. Firstly, the field is generally a lot smaller. And the equipment used is also different. To score a run, a player must hit the ball
between the foul lines and run across the three bases and back to home. A hit outside these lines is classed as a
‘foul ball’ and the batter is not allowed to run. The essence of the game is between the pitcher
of one team against the batter of the other team. As mentioned before, the batter’s job is
to hit the ball between the foul lines but the pitchers job is to get the batter
out by throwing into the strikezone. This is an imaginary box that’s the width
of home plate and roughly between the batters armpits and knees. In Baseball, the pitcher stands on a mound
and throws the ball overarm. In Softball, the pitcher stands on a flat
surface, and must throw a bigger softer ball, underarm. If the pitcher throws the ball through this
area – it’s a strike. If the batter swings and misses any ball,
it’s also a strike. If the batter hits the ball outside the foul
lines, it can be a 1st or 2nd Strike. And obviously, three strikes means – you’re
out! A pitch outside this area is called a ‘ball’. Four balls against a batter and they get to
walk to first base. That sounds simple enough, but there are 3
other ways for a team to get you out. Firstly, if the batter hits the ball along
the ground, the opposing team can throw the ball, to the base they’re running to. If the ball beats the batter to the base – they’re
out. A batter can be tagged out whilst running
between the bases. If they hit the ball and the ball is caught
in the air by the opposing team – they’re also out. Once three outs have been made, their half
of the inning is over and the other team gets to bat. Once both teams have batted, this is known
as an inning. The game is played over 7 innings. There are no ties in softball, so if the score
is tied after 7 innings, extra innings will be played to determine the winner. That’s basically it – but there’s a few
other rules you’ll need to know before playing or watching Softball. For example:
Home Run: If a batter hits the ball out of the park between the foul lines, the batter
(and anyone standing on the bases) get to walk freely around the bases and back to home. All runs score. Stealing bases: To help move the batters along
the bases, some players will try and make a run for the next base. This is a risky gamble, as the opposing team
will be prepared for this, and will try and get you out. If the batter is caught out, they are ‘caught
stealing’. Tagging up: If the ball is caught in the air:
any players standing on the bases must start from that base before running for the next
one. Double play: This is where the ball is hit
in play and the defending team gets two outs, usually by way of throwing to one base, and
then another. There are many other rules not discussed here,
but as you watch or play Softball, the rules will become clear. If you have found this at all video helpful,
please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on Twitter also, but
in the meantime, Enjoy Softball. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

David Frank



  1. Ninh Ly Posted on September 30, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Ninh explains the Rules of Softball. I'm not sure why so many people requested this one given that it's about 90% similar to Baseball, but oh well. Hopefully some of you find this useful.
    Oh yeah – Gig 'em Aggies! (You gotta love the rocket arm of Trinity Harrington).

  2. Daniel Harris Posted on September 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Didn't even watch the video I just know it will be great as always.

  3. Thot Partol Posted on September 30, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I love all your videos

  4. Andrew Leeman Walker Posted on September 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    SOFTBALL!!! YOU DID SOFTBALL?! THIS IS WHY YOU ARE AWESOME NINH…wait…aggies, really? nah we hook them horns.

  5. Genaro Aguirre Posted on September 30, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Never a disappointing video Ninh! But uh…..Hook'em Horns!

  6. Hannes D'hondt Posted on September 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Great vid as always Ninh! I'd love to contribute an idea for a sports video but I think you've done all doable (non-racing) sports that I know now :<)

  7. Adam Ali Posted on September 30, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Can you do the rules of kabaddi again I can't watch it

  8. Conor Higgins Posted on September 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Am I the only one who tries to think of sports for him to do

  9. Jeff Posted on September 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Another great video, Ninh. Keep up the good work – it'll pay off soon!

  10. Quincy Cook Posted on September 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    what about horse polo😥😥😥

  11. Night Survivor Posted on September 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Could you do a video on Pickleball?

  12. Dalton G Posted on September 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Under NCAA rules, a game can end after 5 or 6 innings if one team is ahead by at least 8 runs

  13. Sean Strife Posted on October 1, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Is it wrong the one thing I noticed is the fact a remix of Guile's theme is playing in the background?

  14. Aadhil Razeem Posted on October 1, 2017 at 1:48 am

    does softball only play by women?

  15. DE7ChainedDoor Posted on October 1, 2017 at 1:57 am

    This video proves that Guile's theme goes with everything.

    Amazing job as always!

  16. Denis Nosikov Posted on October 1, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Ninh, can you do a video explaining the rules of Beach soccer?

  17. Brandon Posted on October 1, 2017 at 6:44 am

    You should've mentioned no lead offs like MLB does

  18. john capri Posted on October 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Νo wonder it has no dislikes so far

  19. RangerHunter Posted on October 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    An "American" game with an "American" background music. If you know what I mean.

  20. Weeajoo Posted on October 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Make a video explaining cross country next

  21. Asher Savage Posted on October 2, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Thanks for these videos! I enjoy sharing them with my son 🙂

  22. Logie Bear Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Baseball for weak liberals.

  23. Zakk O Posted on October 4, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Ninh, can you do a video explaining the rules of Under Water Hockey

  24. Trip Posted on October 6, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I looove softball,I have the honor of being the pa announcer for my schools softball team and I love it! Btw ninh,keep up the good work with your awesome videos! You are a sports fanatics dream come truuuuue (ps.sorry for the randomness of this comment,good day)

  25. Rajiv Boolell Posted on October 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    i hate seeing such videos with less views than underaged screaming in front of video games….call me an old conservative fart i don't care

  26. Sad Giants Fan Posted on October 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You should make one for cup-stacking because it is very unique and it’s in the junior olympics

  27. joannah aguilar Posted on October 13, 2017 at 2:50 am

    This video was soo helpful I needed notes on softball and I looked here thinking that I wouldn't find anything that could help and this is what I needed.

  28. The Logical Racer Posted on October 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I love seeing Tennessee

  29. Benjamin Alexander Posted on October 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

    if you can make for cricket also I would be happy
    any way contracts for creating such video. you explain it in simple way that I understood baseball etc

  30. reds&strosFAN Posted on November 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Those "softballs" hurt

  31. Reagan Bush Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I play softball and this sounded hella confusing

  32. Jordyn Grace Posted on January 7, 2018 at 3:07 am

    (A bigger softer ball) Ha Ha you're funny

  33. Sydneywave Smith Posted on January 9, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Pitchers in Baseball can and are allowed to throw the ball underarm sideways ect..I was an underarm pitcher my self (submarine style of pitch) when i played Baseball in Australia.. And a softball ball is not exactly soft.Its hard tight ball too.
    Also theres two main types of softball games.Slow pitch and Fast pitch,,the rules are a little different even in the number of players on the field.Slow pitch softball pitchers wear a mask to protect there face during pitching. they get alot of hard ball softball aim at them! during a slow pitch game.
    In fast pitch softball you cannot steal a base until the ball leaves the pitchers hand. foot must be tag on base,no lead off like in baseball, big differents!

  34. • kαι • Posted on January 21, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I'm here because I have fricken PE h o m e w o r k ;w;

  35. JV K9 Posted on January 24, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    This video must be for people that just landed on earth.

  36. Arthur Channell Posted on January 27, 2018 at 8:32 am

    To elaborate on the field size, compared to a baseball field, a softball field is 2/3 scale. Home to first is 90 feet in baseball and 60 feet in softball.

  37. -- Posted on February 2, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    2:42 I don’t get it…. don’t baserunners have to start at the base they are at anyway

  38. Rachel b Posted on February 9, 2018 at 3:57 am

    “A softer ball” very very incorrect buddy

  39. Random _ Posted on March 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    and now im playing softball

  40. ajit divakaran Posted on April 2, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I didn't understand anything since I have not played this game

  41. Evelin Posted on April 4, 2018 at 1:59 am


  42. Haffu Paffu Posted on April 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    This music is so good it could go with everything!

  43. Spooky Spider Posted on April 24, 2018 at 12:44 am


  44. Agitated Cloud29 Posted on May 22, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    They have to tag them when stealing because it is not a force out

  45. Benjamin Alexander Posted on May 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

    a video on difference between baseball and softball

  46. Random shiz USA Posted on June 2, 2018 at 5:57 am

    You helped

  47. recentral48 Posted on June 6, 2018 at 12:35 am

    You can also catch a ball in foul territory to record an out.

  48. ConX789 Posted on June 6, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t get the double play rule

  49. Joy Alale Posted on June 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    not to be rude, but i still don't get it

  50. Mikey B Potts Posted on July 20, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Hey Ninh, I didn't see it mentioned anywhere in the comments section, so I wanted to raise an issue about base-stealing in softball. From my understanding it's quite a bit different than from baseball in that the baserunner MUST remain touching the base until the ball has left the pitcher's hand in softball, while in baseball, the baserunner is not obligated to remain touching the base (known as leading off when they leave the base) and may break for the next base whenever they so choose.

  51. bill Richards Posted on August 1, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Great video really helps

  52. Serina Penrod Posted on August 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    You should have explained slapping. Baseball doesn't do it so it's unique to softball.

  53. Graham Clayton Posted on August 11, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Can an infielder make an unassisted triple play, and can a pitcher pitch a perfect game?

  54. siddhartha bhattarai Posted on August 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    So it's the same

  55. Adalberto Mejia Posted on August 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Good video!

  56. Ida Johnson Posted on August 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    thank you so much for all your videos they have helped me teach my students so much

  57. Marc Scattolin Posted on September 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Does a runner have to be tagged by a defender who has the ball for them to be tagged?

  58. magnum opus Posted on September 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    They throw the ball so cool 😂😎

  59. burger please Posted on October 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

    What do baserunners do? I really got no idea about this game.

  60. Douglas Magalhaes Posted on October 18, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I didn't realize the difference between softball and baseball.

  61. Chris Chan Posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    What about ground rule double?

  62. ricardo soto Posted on October 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Oddly softball is closer to earlier (vintage) versions of US Baseball and to Irish Rounders and Welsh Baseball, than modern baseball. Like the underarm pitch, and the relaxed "lets have fun" atmosphere of the game.

  63. Owen Galbraith Posted on October 30, 2018 at 5:21 am

    at my school we have interschool sports and softball is one of the sports.but softball is the sport that people play if they don't like the other sports but they want to do something so the team has bad players.i'm not one of them cause i practiced playing baseball all winter

  64. Paige Pendleton Posted on December 16, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Marie she got in softball 🥎 game is at my school like two days ago

  65. Morgan Brooke-deBock Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Fun Fact, softballs aren't actually much softer than baseballs

  66. Christopher or Chris/Critter C Posted on January 6, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Should of explain stealing a bit more in the video. Stealing from usually 12u and up is when the pitcher relases the ball however if runner leaves early the runner is out and the pitch is dead. youth ball can put rule in place for 9-12 that they can leave the base till it crosses home this is usually just in rec ball just matters on town.

  67. Laine Rodriguez Posted on January 18, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Wait so it kickball but with a bat and a soft ball plus a large field ?

  68. Sophie Stewart Posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:38 am

    i play softball AND NO BOYS ARE ALOUD

  69. MEX/USA Sports Guy Posted on January 29, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I hear Guile's Theme Song from the background.

  70. Toni Torres Posted on February 5, 2019 at 12:15 am

    So if the ball is in the air and some catches then I run or can I still run while it’s in the air

  71. Ny Nguyen Posted on February 5, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Thank u to teach me the rule of how to playing softball, it’s help me a lot

  72. Audrey Downs Posted on February 9, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    This was helpful! Thanks!

  73. Tıαnα ιѕ Aωєѕoмє Posted on March 18, 2019 at 3:08 am

    I literally have softball tomorrow and have no idea how to play LMFAO

  74. Priya Gardner Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Tysm helped slot

  75. Amina Ayesh Posted on March 25, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I've watched this 5 times since the beginning when I first started playing softball, and In my opinion, I feel like you understand the video more once you're on a team, and more educated about softball.

  76. sebatian Posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    guess I'm gonna lose tomorrow.

  77. Paige Pendleton Posted on March 29, 2019 at 12:20 am


  78. Zahoor Ali Mehdi Posted on April 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Nice Sir👍

  79. Coordinator Posted on April 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    This is fast pitch softball 🥎 footage. Slow Pitch is a little different.

  80. Keishla Gonzalez Posted on April 10, 2019 at 1:18 am

    This helped me learn a lot, thanks

  81. Laylays Posted on April 20, 2019 at 10:55 am

    So this is how I’m understanding
    So if your batter and you hit the ball you run as fast as you can till you get to a base and if you have enough time run to the next and if you don’t hit the ball the catcher chatches it from behind and you have to go again and if you miss 3 times your out and of you the thrower you have to throw the balk and if the girl hits it you have to wait till another person throws it back to you

    I think I’m stupid this is all probably wrong

  82. Erika Esch Posted on April 20, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing video!

  83. Silvia Bischoff Posted on May 13, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I play softball

  84. Murasame Posted on May 18, 2019 at 2:31 am

    So I have some questions. Can you simplify tagging up? I thought if the ball is caught then the batter is automatically out? Also you say base runners must run from the base they are at but is that not always the case?

    Also hitting the ball between the foul lines means you want to hit the ball between the baselines connecting 2nd and 3rd base right?

  85. Dalek Supreme Posted on May 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Who was sent here by their P.E. Class?

  86. alexa critte Posted on June 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    my mom signed me up for a league and it’s my first year playing and my first practice is today and my first game is tuesday (today is sunday) and I’m just a little nervous because I don’t know anyone and I have no experience 🤣 wish me luck!

  87. Ada Norberg Posted on June 30, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    So this is women's version of baseball?

  88. Coins Collection Tamil Posted on July 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Do men play softball

  89. Heidi Posted on July 15, 2019 at 4:59 am

    wish me luck i’m gonna start this year and still don’t get it 😂💀

  90. Benjamin Alexander Posted on July 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    which sport is most complicated to understand?
    Since you know a lot of sports I feel you are the right person to whom I can ask this question

  91. Shivam Malhotra Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Damn! Those sportswomen are really really beautiful ❤️

  92. green eggs and sam Posted on July 27, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    i have softball camp tomorrow with a bunch of my softball playing friends and i’m so nervous because i dont really know anything ☹️

  93. Weird Diddo Posted on July 30, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I’m starting 6th grade. And I can finally play sports. I want to start softball, I have no clue how to play. I’m trying to learn and watch games to understand. This video helped me a bit.

  94. Coordinator Posted on August 13, 2019 at 12:57 am

    When I was a right fielder, I would use a javelin-like throwing technique to complete the play to a base.

  95. Armani Person Posted on August 16, 2019 at 4:04 am

    I played for the sto rox lady Vikings